I woke up with the feels today... The sticky icky feels. Feeling purgy like a volcano was about to erupt inside of me. I felt nauseous and yucky, like something was crawling up my spine trying to work its way out. I skipped out on practice yesterday and today because I just didn't feel right.… Continue reading Uncensored Raw Emotional Material: If you are easily offended by vulgar words and ass shaking… I suggest you do not read this blog.
I saw two turkeys on my way home from the beach, a sign to be grateful. For the Native people, the turkey was thought to be the "give-away." The philosophy of the "give-away" was a simple practice of deep abiding recognition of the sacrifices of the self and others. With all the disasters happening around… Continue reading Here one second, gone the next. I like to live life as if each day were my last. This is the path of the spiritual warrior. ~Jessica Rovira~
This message came to me this morning as I was reminiscing on my childhood summers in Puerto Rico, and thinking about the devastating events happening in a place I consider to be my second home. I was remembering all the fun I had en "La isla del encanto" going to the beautiful beaches around the… Continue reading Remembering Puerto Rico: Sending Prayers Love and Light in this time of need.
Yoga has this slick way of getting under your skin, even deeper into the depths of your soul. It has a way of reaching down into the unencumbered version of your true self. But like all life, you have to weed through the ugly parts of yourself in order to get to the gold. Yoga… Continue reading Yoga teaches you to laugh at yourself when you fall flat on your face and get back up and try again. ~Jessica Rovira~
I am always asked why I don't practice on Full and New Moon days. The reason is because they are observed as yoga holidays in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition. Why is this this? Do you believe we are affected by the phases of the moon? Human beings are made up of about 70-90% water, so… Continue reading Why do Ashtangis take rest on Moon days?
With such an intense Yoga practice, I always make sure I'm getting sufficient protein in my diet. Here is a salad that is loaded with plant proteins and perfect for detoxing the body. Kale Quinoa Edamame Lima beans Mango Avocado Hemp seeds Tomato Almonds Lime Basil infused Evoo *I try and buy only organic.
Today, my shoulders feel SUPER tight! I needed help catching my heels in Kapotasana because of it. I also cried after I came out of it, which brought to my attention that I'm obviously holding on to some stuck emotions. I know what it is, and I'm working through it. One thing that's going to… Continue reading Heart Opening Green Smoothie Recipe
Once upon a time, I used to look for perfection in everything I did. When I first started Yoga, I was such a perfectionist that it kept me from truly experiencing life. As I've evolved in life and in my practice, those walls of perfectionism have slowly broken down. Now, I actually enjoy these moments… Continue reading “The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” -Michelangelo
This is what my practice looked like yesterday.. I made it passed #ardhabaddhapadmottanasana and heard a DEADLY scream come from my daughters room. I stopped and ran to see she had gotten attacked by our family cat Yang (not seen here) aka #thebully pretty badly. Needless to say my practice ended with me patching up… Continue reading Sometimes.. Life gets in the way.
Words of Wisdom for Students In this field I always hear the same concern, “I’m not flexible.” I always respond, “If you can breath, you can do Yoga.” I heard someone say this once and because it is a simple and true statement, it stuck with me. I always encourage my students to accept where… Continue reading “I’m not flexible.”